Large indoor plant pots for your mighty houseplants

Needing to house some of your larger plant friends? Look no further.

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by Piper Huxley |
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If your beloved indoor houseplant is growing a bit big and is due for repotting – or you want to introduce some beautiful foliage into your indoor space - then you’ll need to size up to a large indoor plant pot. Luckily, we’re here to help your houseplant to get a new lease of life or to help settle a mighty newcomer into your home. We've listed our favourite large indoor plant pots. Alongside this, we’ve answered your burning questions about which design is best, how to decorate your pot and more.

Whether your plants need an upgraded pot or you're adding a new plant to your (growing) collection, you'll need to know the basics of what makes a decent pot. From drainage to material porosity, we've got all the details for you. First up, drainage. Adequate drainage ensures your soil doesn't get too wet as the soil can escape out of the bottom of the container. Plus, these holes will provide a nice supply of oxygen for the roots. If you like a pot without drainage holes, don't worry. Keep your plant in its plastic container and use the nicer pot as a cover.

Best large indoor plant pot at a glance

Editor's choice: Glossy Ceramic Glazed Large Pots - View on Etsy
Eco-friendly buy: Muddy Hands Eco-Friendly Plant Pot - View on Amazon UK
Take a stand: M&S Large Ceramic Planter with Stand - View on M&S

When perusing for a new plant pot for your mighty foliage or sizeable succulent, increase pot size by two inches in diameter for your smaller plants that don't grow wider than 10 inches. In the case of a larger houseplant, you'll need to increase the pot size by two to three inches. But, make sure to resist oversizing. After all, houseplants generally grow quite slowly and pots too large can cause dry soil - which can cause health issues.

We've included plenty of ceramic plant pots, as they're the most popular kind you'll find in houses. They come in all kinds of styles, colours and sizes to suit any preference. You'll find clay pots, which are heavy, porous and ideal for larger plants - perfect for ferns, cacti and succulents. Not forgetting plastic and fibreglass, which are lightweight and generally inexpensive. Others include basketry, glazed pottery and metal.

Best large indoor plant pots

Editor's choice

Charlotte Emerald Green, Glossy Glazed Well Made Ceramic Plant Po
Price: £16.99+

Available in four sizes, you can grab this pot with a mammoth width of 30cm. Though this comes with no drainage holes, it can be placed indoors as a cover for your plant in its plastic container. Gorgeously green, this glazed addition to our list is a personal favourite. Plus, it arrives safely in eco-friendly and compostable packaging.

Customer Review: "Bought this for my string of pearls plant. This lovely coloured pot is safely delivered in good time and compliments the plant beautifully. What more could I want? Recommended!"


  • Stylish and handmade
  • Different sizes available
  • Suits all plant types


  • No drainage hole

Take a stand

Stylish and rather chic, we like this pick from Marks and Spencer. Made from ceramic with an attractive, on-trend speckled finish, this planter stands on some classic wooden legs with ease. Combining form and function, this pot will serve your plant well. Pictured is a Peperomia caperata.

Customer Review: "Really nice pot, with or without the stand. Perfect for my new fern!"


  • Indoor and outdoor use
  • Stands on wooden legs


  • Can be wobbly

Boho, rattan planter

Patterned and woven from water hyacinth, this planter has an unusual and appealing design. It comes with a handy waterproof lining to prevent any leakage - so plants can be potted right into it. It's decorative and durable.

Customer Review: "I absolutely love this planter, it's a perfect home for my monstera plant which seems to be growing rapidly in its new bigger pot! It looks amazing. I will definitely be buying a few more!"


  • Waterproof liner
  • Attractive planter
  • Natural materials


  • Invest in a dish

Complete with a saucer

We love this pick from Crocus, where you can keep this planter upright or at a jaunty angle with some flair. Angle it towards the window for the plants that require plenty of light. It sits on a matching saucer which catches all of the excess water. Handcrafted, this aluminium and aged zinc planter is unique, rustic-looking and durable.


  • Comes with a plant saucer
  • Tilt it towards the sun
  • Handcrafted, rustic


  • No customer reviews
  • Pricey investment

Great for large succulents

Or, why not consider this ceramic pot from Dunelm? It's large, stylish and will fit a nice, air-purifying succulent.

Customer Review: "This plant pot is really well made and has such a great contemporary design and colour. Looks more expensive. Great delivery and customer service too well done, Dunelm."


  • Stylish and contemporary
  • Good for most plants
  • Great quality and value


  • Colour looks different

Eco-friendly buy

Manufactured from recycled plastic and wood, this plant pot comes equipped with an inner liner allowing instant planting - no hassle. The wood is sourced from chippings left over from the manufacture of furniture. So, here wood gets a new lease on life with this pot. Not only is this pot ecological, but it adds a natural and rustic touch to any space.

Customer Review: "I’ve bought four of these now, I love them, they are lightweight and stylish. I drilled holes in mine for drainage. I would recommend this product."


  • Outdoor or indoor
  • Recycled materials
  • Good value pot


  • No drainage holes

Large metal buy

Paget Anders Metal Plan Pot
Price: £47.99 (was £58.99)

Create a fabulous feature in your home with this stylish pot. Made from metal - but not appearing very metal-like, it features an iconic honeycomb design and stands out for sure. Plus, it has that sturdy black base to keep away from your dogs and anything else crawling across the floor.

Customer Review: "I love this pot. It's a unique design and the perfect height for my indoor plant."


  • Stylish and contemporary
  • Raised to avoid animals


  • Not outdoor-friendly

Rustic, shabby pick

Lian Copper Green House Plant Pot
Price: £11.99+

Handcrafted, happy and handmade, this plant pot is perfect for those of us who love a scruffy vibe to our indoor spaces. It's made from natural metal, and it comes with a liner, too. We like this one from Etsy.

Customer Review: "What a fabulous online experience! On time, packed with care and stunning pot! I’ll be back! Thank you."


  • Warm, handcrafted pot
  • Comes with a liner
  • Different sizes available


  • Indoor use only
  • Invest in a saucer

Self-draining pick

Size up to the 19cm option for a large, eco-friendly pot. These recycled tubs are available in two colours and come with their own drainage system. They are stylish, too. What more could you want? Well, not only that, but they're lightweight and weather-resistant. Result. Also, take advantage of Bloombox Club's plant-matching service if you haven't got a plant in mind yet.


  • Self-draining system
  • Made from recycled materials
  • Lightweight and weather-resistant


  • No customer reviews


What is the difference between indoor and outdoor plant pots?

There aren’t many differences between an indoor and outdoor plant pot. However, there are a few things to consider if you’re thinking of moving your houseplant outdoors for a little sun. First, you need to consider how durable the material is. We’re seeing a rise in non-traditional materials becoming planters – like fibreglass. Large outdoor pots will likely be frost and waterproof, so make sure to check before you buy.

Not all pots for suitable for the outdoors, especially if they’re not equipped with adequate drainage. After all, drainage holes in pots allow excess water to drain out, therefore preventing sogginess and root rot. Our easy-to-care-for houseplants will take care of themselves indoors by only drawing up the water they need. However, if outside and inundated with rain, better drainage is required.

Indoor plant pot - woman watering plant
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Will indoor plants die outside?

No – if you’re careful, your houseplants will be fine. During the summer, it can be beneficial for your plants to be moved outside into the sun, coming with the possibility of improving their health and overall appearance. In fact, many indoor plants will thrive in the sun, and outdoors.

Here, they get some good fresh air, which can’t be provided in your bedroom. Plus, it may save you from investing in a pricey plant heat lamp or grow light. They’ll be kept in the light and will get some rain – so you may not need to water your plants - with your trusty watering can - if the UK weather lives up to its reputation.

However, it’s not all plain sailing. Don’t rush and shove your precious houseplants outside to fend for themselves. Actually, it’s best to introduce them gradually to the garden. However, tender tropical plants such as moth orchids need to be kept safely inside. So, think June or August for letting your bedroom plants out to play – and bring them in before the September frost begins.

Do indoor plant pots need a hole in the bottom?

Yes, ideally - but there are workarounds for this. You can use our suggestions as covers for those unsightly plastic containers plants can come in. Failing that, you can drill holes in the bottom of some pots and invest in a saucer to take the excess water. Some of our suggestions come with a built-in waterproof liner and some are even self-draining.

What to put under plant pots indoors?

If you've chosen to make a few amendments to your pot, you'll need a plant saucer. Using a makeshift excess water catcher from a household receptacle can be done, but it's unsightly. Luckily, there are some plant saucers around to help.

How to plant houseplants in pots

When it's time to pot or repot your little plant friends, there are several things you're going to be clued up on. This could be what you'll need in your tool kit or which potting soil you require, it can be confusing to get the right information. After all, there is a risk of causing your plant stress - and even death - when you transfer it to a new home.

There are several ways to acclimate your houseplant to a new pot. But, you may wonder how to plant indoor plants in pots without a hole. If you want the easy route, take advantage of the unsightly brown, plastic pot and use your new pot as a cover for that. There may even be built-in liners to help out, too. No fuss or hassle. If you're repotting, experts advise doing so during the spring and summer when plants are at their strongest.

However, if you're thinking of fully potting your new houseplant, you need to "pot up", says Modern Gardens contributor, Martin Fish. "Hopefully, with this, the larger planter gives your potted friend "enough room to trickle fresh compost around the existing root ball.” So, give your plant some room. We recommend potting compost for this, as it's a plant-based material that contains control-released fertiliser and plenty of organic materials for growth.

Need some step-by-step guidance?

1. Add a little compost to the base.

2. Position the plant in the centre and gradually add the compost.

3. Give the pot a tap to settle the compost.

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Piper Huxley is a Homes, Garden and Wellness Product Writer for Modern Gardens Magazine, an all-rounder. When she’s not writing about houseplants, she’s tending to her own growing collection…

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